What is a Mud Knot?

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Have you heard of a mud knot? Did you wonder what it was? A mud knot is a “knot” that you put in your horse’s tail to prevent it from dragging in the mud and/or manure and getting yucky and tangled. Some people use this when their horse is out in the field, but others say that this is not wise.

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Mud knot prevents horse’s tail from dragging in the mud – image by pinterest.com

Some horses have been known to get their “knots” caught in a fence (or other object) and accidentally ripped most of the hair from their tails – Ooh! That hurts! Not good.

Something else that people use to keep a horse’s tail elevated and out of the mud is a tail bag. Some horse owners like these better and think that these are safer than mud knots; although others don’t like tail bags either.

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Horse tail bags are much more safer than mud knots – image by horseandhound.co.uk

There is also a tail wrap that is made to keep hairs at the top of your horse’s tailbone from rubbing and breaking off. This is very helpful while your horse is riding in a trailer.

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Horse tail wrap

So, as you can see, there are various ways to protect your horse’s tail, some more recommended than others. I encourage you educate yourself and speak with your trainer and/or vet to decide what is best for your horse.

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